Recently, I trashed my back; a slight fall down some stairs and your ankle turning at the exact wrong moment will do that. As a result, I could stand and lie down… I just couldn’t sit, which meant I quickly had to discover the joys of a standing desk. And I do actually highly recommend it, but they can always improve. Which is where Stir comes in.
Standing all day is not actually any healthier than sitting all day; realistically you should have a range of motion throughout the day. The Stir is designed to make sure that you don’t just stand there, but shift your weight, move around, and generally try to get a little healthier. Basically, it subtly moves throughout the day, forcing you to adjust your position.
The Desk That Learns
The Stir Kinetic Desk is essentially designed to figure out how you stand, and use that to make you move around more and burn more calories. Needless to say, you have a bit more control of it than just that; you can double-tap the desk’s touchscreen controls at any time to restore it to its preset height, namely whatever is comfortable for you. But the engineers promise the movement will be so quiet, and so subtle, that you’ll mostly barely notice as you step forward or back to adjust yourself.
Burning A Few More Calories
Like I said, a standing desk has a lot of benefits to it, not least that it increases your range of motion throughout the day; that’s especially important as, more and more often, a lot of us work from home and it’s pretty easy to sack out on the couch and have the tube going while you work. But standing and shifting your weight will ensure you stay in better shape, and the Stir seems ideally suited to make that happen without your ever noticing.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.